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Systemwide Statistics: Fiscal Year 1998

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Summary of Financial Activities for Fiscal Year 1998 (As of June 30, 1998)

Support and Revenues:
Includes City, State, and Federal funds, as well as private sources, investment income, and other income.
The Research Libraries: $90,322,000
The Branch Libraries: $113,415,000
Total Support and Revenue, 1998: $203,737,000
[Total Support and Revenue, 1997: $193,670,000]
Operating Expenses
Operating Expenses of The Research Libraries, and Librarywide Programs: $83,067,000
Operating Expenses of The Branch Libraries: $112,335,000
Total Operating Expenses, 1998: $195,402,000
[Total Operating Expenses, 1997: $197,051,000]

The Research Libraries

Locations: 4 — Humanities and Social Sciences Library, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library
Collections: 40,921,187 items (13,309,149 books)
Users in FY 98: 2,027,065 total

  • Humanities and Social Sciences Library: 1,049,183
  • The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: 343,453
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: 55,749
  • Science, Industry and Business Library: 578,680

Reader Use

  • Business/Professional Users 33%
  • Academic Users 16%
  • Research Libraries Group  3%
  • Other 48%

Number of items consulted: 2,428,082

Reference inquiries (telephone): 269,997

Materials preserved:

  • Through restoration, preservation, microfilming, and reprint: 82,452
  • Other items: 39,624
  • Hours of recorded sound: 637
  • Feet of motion picture film: 61,500
  • Hours of videotape media: 72
  • Volumes cleaned: 67,608

Employees: 1,157 (377 are hourly)

The Branch Libraries

Locations: 85 -- in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island
Collections: 10,483,628 items (4,452,885 books)
Users in FY98: 13,952,006 total

  • Bronx: 4,379,017
  • Manhattan: 5,521,667
  • Staten Island: 1,736,219
  • Central Library Units: 2,315,103

Library card holders: 2.73 million
Reference inquiries: 6,588,166 (106,851 telephone reference service)
Directional inquiries: 5,453,552
Items circulated: 12,652,619
Distribution of free material: 482,711
Personal computer appointments: 152,988

Free programs: 23,795

  • Adult: 4,654
  • Young Adult: 2,748
  • Children: 13,232
  • Special Services: 3,161

Free program attendance: 493,448

  • Adult: 85,937
  • Young Adult: 51,673
  • Children: 291,127
  • Special Services: 64,711

Number of CLASP (Connecting Libraries and Schools Project) programs: 2,929
CLASP program attendance: 79,057
Number of branch exhibits: 2,544
Employees:  2,402 (781 are hourly)
Number of volunteers: 2,880
Number of volunteer hours: 36,626

 

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